Masdevallia sanchezii Luer & Andreetta 1980 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Amaluzae Luer 1986

Plant and Flowers

Lip detail Photos by Milan Vagner

Side View of Flower

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website


Common Name Sanchez' Masdevallia [Ecuadorian co-discoverer of species - Current]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

A hot to cool growing, mini-miniature sized epiphyte found in southeastern Ecuador in rainforest at elevations of 300 to 1800 meters although it is much more common at the higher elevations and has slender, erect, blackish ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, close, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, acute leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the blackish petiole and blooms in the spring on a transverse, slender, 1 1/8" to 1 2/5" [3 to 3.5 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a floral bract carrying a solitary flower that is held below the leaves.

Synonyms Luzama sanchezii (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 22 Luer & Dalstroem 1997 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Luzama sanchezii; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Luzama sanchezii drawing close to fide lip differs in lack of stripes